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Crime

Two people with two small children told police they were robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon in downtown Buffalo, according to a police report. The victims told police they were robbed by two men at about 3 p.m. while walking near the intersection of Pearl and Court streets. The robbers approached the victims, pointed a gun at them and demanded money, they told pol…

Crime

A West Side man has been charged with assaulting an employee at a downtown parking lot. Thomas Rodriguez, 27, who was arrested early Sunday morning, has been accused of threatening employees with a knife and hitting one of them in the head after an argument over payment, according to a Buffalo police report. The incident happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Franklin …

Attractions

When the Ice at Canalside opens for the season Friday morning, downtown frolicking in the winter weather will come with a new activity – ice bumper cars. The waterfront attraction, which also offers ice skating, curling and ice bicycles, will open at 10 a.m., organizers announced Tuesday. The Canalside Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting will be held Nov. 30, with …

Buffalo

The City of Buffalo will begin accepting formal offers for the former police headquarters at 74 Franklin St. on Nov. 26, officials announced Friday. The initial asking price for the four-story building located downtown at Franklin and Church streets will be $3,050,000, officials said at a news conference. Both the police and fire departments recently moved each of th…

Buffalo

Developer and state Sen. Chris Jacobs is pushing ahead with his conversion of the former Printing Prep building in downtown Buffalo into a mixed-use facility that will now also have five loft-style apartments near the foot of the Kensington Expressway. Jacobs, R-Buffalo, bought the two-story commercial building at 12 East Tupper St. in 2015 from Harold S. Leader, the fo…

Buffalo

Dr. Joe Nowak faced a difficult choice. His brother, Buffalo architect Peter Nowak, died on an August night 18 months ago from diabetes, alone, at the Stuyvesant Apartments on Elmwood Avenue. Joe, a California dentist, traveled here with his wife, Shalan, to settle Nowak’s affairs. They found few possessions in the apartment, Shalan said, only Nowak’s “drawing board and…

Business

Douglas Jemal wasn't kidding when he said he's serious about redeveloping Buffalo's tallest building. Less than three weeks after Jemal first submitted his proposal, the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave the green light to his initial remake of One Seneca Tower, designed to reignite the plaza and lower levels with 183 residential apartments and a host of retai…

Featured

In his decade traveling the nation as a National Football League running back, Fred Jackson knows what he wants in a steakhouse. Now the beloved Bills alumnus and two former teammates are investing in an effort to bring that kind of steakhouse to downtown Buffalo. Former punter Brian Moorman and cornerback Terrence McGee have joined Jackson as partners in SEAR, the steak…

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Black and brown cows. Wet walnut sundaes. Black and white ice cream sodas. New York Egg creams. These old-fashioned soda fountain favorites are among the menu offerings at Jerk’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, Buffalo’s first downtown ice cream parlor in decades. The ice cream shop, which opened April 16 at 523 Main St., joins newcomers Raclette’s and D’Avolio on the rev…

Family

In the glitzy oldie “Downtown,” Petula Clark sang joyously of a mythical, magical city core. “The lights are much brighter there/You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares/When you’re downtown... things will be great when you’re downtown ... everything’s waiting for you!” That’s a song worth warbling again, because Buffalo’s downtown, after years of stagnati…

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Downtown grocery and food emporium Washington Market is getting a makeover from the son of its previous owners. Michael Khoury said he’s been changing the market at 461 Ellicott St. to better serve a new wave of downtown dwellers. “We’re giving the place a facelift, painting it and changing the lighting,” he said. Sandwiches and salad bar offerings will continue. Changes…

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The owner of Soho Burger Bar is turning a place across the street into an Italian restaurant. Jay Manno said that the former City Tavern will become Frankie Primo’s +39 before the end of November, if all goes well. It'll be like Soho, he said: "Fine dining service and quality food in a fun, fast casual atmosphere." He expects to open with a menu of brick oven pizzas, pa…

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The downtown location of Ted’s Hot Dogs will harness digital technology to get hot dogs into customers’ hands faster. The restaurant, at 124 W. Chippewa St., is about half built, said Ted’s CEO Joe Drust. “We hope to open up the first or second week of November,” he said, “pending no other delays.” To cater to the downtown lunchtime crowd, Ted’s is installing an order-ov…